BLM Utah official named new district manager in Nevada

FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, file photo shows the mountains surrounding Hildale, Utah, and its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz., at sunset in a community on the Utah-Arizona border that has been home for more than a century to a polygamous sect that is an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism. The new mayor of a mostly polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border is finishing off a complete overhaul of municipal staff and boards after mass resignations when she took office in January to become the first woman and first non-member of the polygamous sect to hold the seat. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management official from Utah who previously worked as an environmental protection specialist at Naval Air Station Fallon has been named a BLM district manager in northern Nevada.

BLM Nevada State Director John Ruhs announced Monday that Ester McCullough is the new manager of BLM's Winnemucca District.

McCullough has served as the Vernal field office manager in Utah's Green River District since 2015.

She began her career as an environmental protection specialist with the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California.

McCullough was acting natural resources officer for the Naval Air Station in Fallon east of Reno from 1994-2001. She later worked as planning and environmental coordinator in the BLM Winnemucca District, which includes the Black Rock National Conservation Area where the annual Burning Man counterculture festival is held.

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